14 May, 2021

TANZERINNEN FUR TANGER: To Be or Not To Be a Jess Franco film.....

TANZERINNEN FUR TANGER, a 1977 sexploitation drama/mondo thriller co-produced by Erwin C. Dietrich, features Josiane Gibert, as a World Health Organization reporter investigating an international white slavery operation in Europe and the Middle East. Directed by Guy Gibert, it's being sold as a "Jess Franco" film on Amazon. Curious, because it has the almost exact plot and characters as Franco's candy-colored BLUE RITA, made the same year. It also includes the actors who play the main roles in BLUE RITA, Dagmar Burger and Eric Falk. It also has the same music cues heard in BLUE RITA, by the same composer, Walter Baumgartner. The final scene in the film includes black mass footage, possibly made by Jess Franco, from the 1976 Dietrich production MONDO EROTICO (probably mostly directed by Dietrich), a film credited to Franco on the Jess Franco Goya Collection Blu-ray disc credits and packaging.
You've seen this scenario before in countless Jess Franco/Erwin Dietrich/Eurocine product. Open with an erotic performance in some sleazy Euro dive, proceed with police procedural style scenes of an inspector setting up an investigation of the club, stage more exotic dancing in the background as detectives watch the shows from preferred seating, have regular chases and fistfights here and there, end it all with Interpol and the local cops busting the villains. In Eurocine's UNE CAGE DOREE (1976), Franco was called in to direct some of the stage shows while footage from other Eurocine films (Paul Naschy's CRIMSON) and new scenes directed by Eurocine founder Marius Lesoeur told the tale. However, when Franco himself directed one of these Women In Peril films you could be sure that he'd shoot it all with distinctive camera set ups, Mario Bava style colored gels, and selective use of his patented power-zoom. There's none of that in TANZERINNEN FUR TANGER. 
                                                                Josiane Gibert aka P. Belair

This could all be explained that most of the films discussed above were produced by Dietrich, who was using the similar elements to sell different products. It's nonetheless good to see the talented Josiane Gibert in a lead role for once. She was involved as a supporting actress  in Franco's DEVIL'S ISLAND LOVERS and DRACULA CONTRA FRANKENSTEIN (both 1971) and dubbed Soledad Miranda in EUGENIE DE SADE (1970). She is also known on various CD compilations and films as the Canadian voice actress/singer P. Belair.  She's can be found on Facebook.
Tanzerinnen Fur Tanger can be found for sale on Amazon or streamed on the Erogarga.com Adult website in German language only.  It's an interesting Franco-related oddity, but not a Jess Franco film.
(C) Robert Monell, 2021


Simon said...

I’m not sure about the film you mention, but there are other Franco films waiting to be discovered. In the late 1990s I had Jess and Lina round to my flat in Madrid. Jess spotted the press book for “Mujeres en Medianoche” (Mädchen nach Mitternacht) pinned to my wall and said, “That’s one of my films. Nobody knows that, not even Tim Lucas!” Carlos Aguilar later told me that the film was probably the work of several directors, the results being patched together by Dietrich. I’m not sure there ever will be a definitive Franco filmography and that’s kind of pleasing!


Robert Monell said...

Mujeres en Medianoche may be a retitling of GIRLS IN NIGHTRAFFICKING made in 1976. If it is I'm pretty sure that is a Franco film, edited by Dietrich. It's a very well made hardcore with Kali Hansa and contains no exterior scenes. It's all shot on sets at Dietrich's studio. Also known as MADCHEN IM NACHTVERKEHR.

Simon said...

This is the press book he pointed out:


There are versions of the same artwork out there under the title "Mädchen each Mitternacht".

Robert Monell said...

Very interesting. I have not been aware of this film or title. Has it been released on video?DVD? anywhere. A number of mid 70s Franco films were credited to Michael Thomas, like the one I mentioned. So, if Jess says it's his that would be interesting to see.

Robert Monell said...

Simon, please send anymore information you have on this film. Can you send a pic of the pressbook? Also, did this play in Spain or is it on VHS or DVD anywhere? Thanks, my email is below

Best Regards, Robert